It's only fitting that, wandering around San Francisco, the city where the Love Generation took hold, I found stores still rockin' the 60s vibe. Yes, yes, I know, 60s-era clothing styles got a little updating and became fashionable again. I was thrilled--I love the styles. Just didn't think the . . .
Flush with the success of my far superior Alzheimer’s test not too long ago, I simply had to devise a test for Baby Boomers to assess their knowledge of our cultural landmarks. Or, maybe it's more apt to say it tests their memory of our generation's culture, right? Because how many times do we KNOW . . .
Nothing stays the same, and sometimes, that makes us sad. In that vein, we said goodbye this week to a series that was almost universally loved for its pitch-perfect depiction of life in an advertising agency in the 1960s and early 1970s. We'd watched Mad Men since the start (was it only 2007?), . . .
It was 1967 and I was 16 years old when I heard the opening lines of Nights in White Satin. And then, the heavily orchestrated music of the Moody Blues began: Nights in white satin Never reaching the end Letters I've written Never meaning to send The strings soared into the stratosphere . . .
Buick has reinvented itself now, but back in the day, there was no better throwback than a 1960s Buick. Note the gear shift on the steering column. The narrow, uncovered steering wheel and the slim horn. This one's cherry, isn't it? Oh, and it's Throwback Thursday! Forget the blue/white dress. . . .
If I said love beads, The Pill, Vietnam the Space Race, white boots and hippies, you'd know immediately what I was talking about. Sixties nostalgia. Actually, all I'd have to say is love beads and you'd get it. The Sixties. Some of our most formative years and a time when young people were offering . . .
Watching the CNN series on The Sixties, I wasn't surprised that an entire two-hour episode was devoted to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I've seen so many programs on this in the 50+ years since. But this time, I watched it through a different cultural lens. One thing that struck . . .
Fashion, especially women's fashion, can instantly bring me back in time to scenes I remember from historical books or movies. Maybe it's Gone with the Wind. Or Jane Austen. For me, nothing is as redolent of a time and place than women's fashion, and the fashion exhibit at the Victoria & Albert . . .
Do you remember these leather bracelets from the 1960s? They're everywhere today, but back then hand-worked leather bracelets were a brand new fashion statement. And even more amazing: men wore them, too! I love a man in a leather bracelet, but alas, none of the men in my life have had the . . .